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Singapore agrees to GIO minister being representative: premier

Singapore agrees to GIO minister being representative: premier

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Premier Liu Chao-shiuan said Tuesday that Singapore has agreed to Taiwan's appointment of Vanessa Yea-ping Shih, incumbent minister of Government Information Office (GIO), to be Taiwan’s new representative to the Southeast Asian city state.
Liu made the remarks in response to reporters' questions earlier Tuesday at the Executive Yuan's year-end news conference, saying that “this (appointment) can be said is certain.” Shih will be the third member of the Ma Ying-jeou administration's Cabinet to step down since the new government took power on May 20.
Asked by reporters whether there will be a major cabinet reshuffle, Liu simply said that“there is no timetable for that.” The reassignment of Shih as representative to Singapore was confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Tuesday afternoon through a text message.
The post has been vacant for three months since Kuo Shih-nan, who was appointed by the previous Democratic Progressive Party administration, resigned in September.
Shih used to serve as deputy director-general of MOFA's Department of Protocol and deputy representative to Australia.
MOFA spokesman Henry Chen said that Shih will be transferred back to the foreign ministry to complete official procedures and will assume her new post as soon as possible.
The Executive Yuan announced later Tuesday Shih's appointment, naming Su Jun-pin, current director of the Environment Protection Bureau of the Taoyuan county government, to be her successor.
Su used to be the vice chairman of the Kuomintang Cultural Affairs Committee and served as Ma's presidential election campaign spokesman.
Taiwan and Singapore enjoy a close relationship despite the absence of formal diplomatic relations. The two established a parliamentary friendship association in October to further promote bilateral relations and exchanges. Taiwan views the city-state as an important partner in its attempt to increase participation in regional affairs.
(By Rachel Chan)




Updated : 2020-12-01 20:01 GMT+08:00